How did a young girl who came through the DYFS system and foster care end up in the art world with a multi-million dollar gallery and art consulting business?

In her new book, “The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune,” author Bridgette Mayer shares her personal history from challenges and obstacles at a young age to her journey through adoption, college and her foray into the art world.

Mayer wrote the book to inspire and motivate artists, creative types and women to realize they can be presented with extremely challenging circumstances that might feel beyond their control and by taking different actions, create the life they truly desire through hope, hard work and determination.

She says, “I was hesitant for many years to share my childhood story as it was a difficult and dark time for me. Through meeting so many artists and women in my industry and outside of it who are having their own challenges, I realized this was part of my life purpose. It is my hope that in sharing this story, I might give some inspiration or motivation to anyone who needs it. I hope to light a possibility of what you can create in your life under the most difficult of circumstances. I am in a very successful place professionally and I believe it is my duty to share with others to help them get to a higher place in their lives if they are seeking that.”

Mayer will be giving several artist workshops, book talks and will be launching a foundation this fall.

Bridgette Mayer is an art dealer in Philadelphia, PA. She opened Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Philadelphia’s historic Washington Square in 2001. She represents artists from Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and around the world, specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. The gallery also deals in secondary market artwork sales and private and corporate consulting.

Her gallery produces ten regularly rotating exhibitions a year as well as publications on major exhibitions. Gallery artists have won many prestigious awards including the Pew Fellowship in the

Arts, Guggenheim Grants, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, the Miami University Young Painters Competition and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant.

Bridgette Mayer Gallery has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as a small business “On the Rise” and was recognized as a recommended Philadelphia arts destination in The New York Times Magazine. In 2013 Mayer was awarded with the Philadelphia Business Journal 40 under 40 Award. In 2013, 2014 & 2015 Mayer was named one of the top 500 Galleries in the world by Blouin ArtInfo, and was also interviewed and featured in the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women to Watch” series. Mayer has been a featured speaker on many panels in the Philadelphia area and has guest lectured at a number of Universities, where her talks focus on how emerging artists can promote their work and sustain a career in the arts. A graduate of Bucknell University, Mayer was an active member of the University’s Arts Board for several years.
About Bridgette Mayer Businesses:

Bridgette Mayer Gallery exhibits, represents, and promotes artists from around the world, through our established gallery program in Philadelphia, as well as our art advisory firm based in the greater Los Angeles area. Building on 15 years of experience in the international art market, our professionally curated program facilitates access to innovative works from a diverse group of artists engaged on both a local and global scale. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is a leader in the Philadelphia arts community, actively partnering with local organizations to support fundraising initiatives and generating opportunities for our artists to engage with the public. For more information: or